The Words of the Yang Family
Chang Shik Yang
July 5, 2005
To: All Leaders and Members
From: Dr. Chang Shik Yang, Rev. Michael Jenkins, Rev. Phillip Schanker
Date: July 5, 2005
RE: Blessing Categories and the WCSF Blessing
As the providence of Blessing develops, several categories of Blessing candidates have come to exist, and should be clearly defined. They are divided by first and second generation, and their participation in the August 1st Blessing at the World Culture and Sports Festival (WCSF- 2005) in Korea is discussed in this memo. For general information and guidelines regarding WCSF Blessing, see the accompanying memo named 2005-07-05b.
Categories of Blessing Candidates
A. Second Generation
1) Those Matched by True Father, to establish an "Original Standard" After matching a group of Second Generation couples in December, 2004, Father announced that during the growth stage of this 12 years for the establishment of Cheon Il Guk [from 2005 Ė 2008] he will match a group of second generation qualified according to specific and strict guidelines in order to establish an "original standard" for Second Generation Blessing. These candidates must absolutely:
a. Be between 17 and 23 years of age (western counting) on the date of their Blessing
b. Have maintained the highest degree of purity (never having kissed, dated, or been involved in an exclusive romantic relationship)
c. Be totally ready to accept Fatherís match WITHOUT QUESTION
d. Be prepared to embrace any race or nationality
e. Have no previous matching or Blessing
f. Have no serious physical or psychological problems
g. Offer a 7-day fast to prepare for participation in TPís matching (previous 7-day fasts do not count unless offered for this specific purpose & providence)
Parents and leaders should ABSOLUTELY respect these qualifications, and not push an unprepared or unqualified candidate to participate in this matching. NOTE: At this time, Father HAS NOT ANOUNCED whether he will match and Bless this category at WCSF 2005, or at a separate, later event.
B. Those Matched by Their Parents
Some members mistakenly thought that only Father will match during these 4 years, or that if someone had violated the standards above, they must wait 4 years to be matched. This is not correct. All members of the Second Generation who have not fallen are qualified to be matched by their own parents. Our US Blessed Family Department, in cooperation with other BFDs around the world, is working hard to develop clearer guidelines and procedures to support parents in their effort to accomplish this responsibility. If a young person desires matching, but cannot be supported by their parents, they should contact us at Blessing@familyfed.org for guidance and support in this process. NOTE: This category SHOULD PARTICIPATE in the WCSF Blessing in Korea.
C. Second Generation Who Fell
By the grace of True Parents, a path of restoration and Blessing has been opened for those Second Generation who fell, but who desire to restore their spiritual life and establish a Blessed Family. "Special Category" workshops are being held periodically and discreetly. While the privacy and dignity of each Blessed Family will always be protected by the FFWPU, there is a clear restoration process, and those seeking this path of reconciliation should contact Mrs. Hiromi Stephens at email@example.com or Rev. Phillip Schanker at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will support and work with parents, but families should not seek to resolve these situations secretly or independently. Already a number of wonderful couples, matched by their parents within this same category, have received the Blessing. NOTE: This special group may also participate in the WCSF Blessing.
B. First Generation
Those who have joined our movement or are seeking the Blessing based upon their understanding of the Divine Principle and value of the Blessing may participate in the matching process. Each Regional Director should work with their regional BFD representative and a regional Blessing Committee, and all regions should coordinate nationally with Headquarters. Dr. Yang is personally overseeing the matching process, assisted by Mrs. Yasue Erikawa, who is coordinating with Regions. We recommend the following basic qualifications:
a. A period of active Unification membership (1 year is suggested)
b. Attendance of a Blessing Workshop
c. Completion of a detailed interview with Mrs. Erikawa or a qualified representative
d. Completion of Blessing application with photographs
e. Endorsements from spiritual parents and church leaders
Please note that without a genuine faith in the Principle and True Parents, it is difficult for a person to respect the matching and commit to the Blessing. Tragedies have resulted when an unqualified or unprepared candidate is pushed to the Blessing in order to fulfill a number goal. This is not faith. It is irresponsibility.
NOTE: Matched 1st Generation should participate in the WCSF Blessing
Previously Married Couples
Couples who are previously married, but wish to renew their commitment centered on True Parents, and change their blood lineage, may also join the WCSF Blessing.
For further questions, please contact:
Rev. Phillip Schanker
Blessed Family Department
3224 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 319-3200
Fax: (202) 299-9496
Dr. Chang Shik Yang
FFWPU of North America
Rev. Michael Jenkins
Rev. Phillip Schanker
VP for Education
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